Why Chess Pieces?
We chose the chess piece as a symbol which reflects the way we approach our thinking and investments.
It’s a very considered game, which is not rushed
Even though technology has made the game easily accessible, the thinking behind each move is the same is it was over 500 years ago.
In much the same vein, despite technology making the share-market readily available at the push of a button; the most important, considered decision of which company to buy and when has not changed for hundreds of years.
Below are some interesting and entertaining facts about Chess:
- The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves for both sides in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000
- The second book to be ever printed in English language was about Chess
- The number of possible unique chess games is much greater than the number of electrons in the universe. The number of electrons is estimated to be about 10^79, while the number of unique chess games is 10^120.
- The first mechanical Chess Clock was invented by Thomas Wilson in 1883. Prior to that, Sandglasses were used; the first in London in 1862.
- Rookies or, players in their first year, are named after the Rook in Chess. Rooks generally are the last pieces to be moved into action, and the same goes for Rookies.
- Chess began in (6th century AD) India during the Gupta Empire, spreading to the Persian Sassanid Empire, and then to the Middle East after Muslims conquered Persia. From there, it spread to Europe and Russia.